What Time is It ?

June 25, 2008

Maybe the steampunk lab can tell you?

I’m still lookin’, so I can’t help you.

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Radiohead’s Nude: The Let’s Get Physical Mashup by J. Houston

June 17, 2008

Very interesting project related to the Radiohead Nude remix thing that I partook in a while back. James Houston missed the deadlines for said “contest” but decided to though some stuff together….Very nice. Like he says:

“Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there. It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.”

I actually built one of the Sinclair computers that he uses in this project back in the summer of ’81,a trip to see it used here. He certainly made better use of it than me. Check it and give it some time, it really does not kick in until about :45 sec, it is worth the wait:

Big Ideas (don’t get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.


More on the Birth of the “Beat L.A.” chant

June 2, 2008

My previous post concerning the Birth of the “Beat L.A.” chant has received the most traffic of my relatively young blog. Here is another couple blog posts concerning this topic: one from the Boston Globe related blog and another from a hoops specific blog.


Birth of the “BEAT L.A.” Chant

May 31, 2008

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* What is significant about this chant is that it spontaneously arose at the Celtic’s house, the old garden, while they were decisively beat by the Philadelphia 76’s in a game 7 back in ’82. Philly did not go on to beat L.A. but the chant is being resurrected mightily as the Celtics will beat LA this year. Large Crowd chants are amazing sonic and psychological folk music…


Hard Boiled Eggs

May 30, 2008

It’s an allure all too familiar. Gams, Guns and Gumshoes. With precision plots that snap like a cargo full of whips.

It’s only fun. And the plots are well crafted and really pull you along. Besides, trouble has a funny way of finding you.

So, what’s your problem with ’em? I’ll tell you what your problem is. You’re afraid. Your afraid of what they may tell YOU about YOURSELF. Aaah, come on now. You are not all that aware and beyond their pull….Oh, yah right. What, are you some sort of fancy dame or something? That lurid cover probably does not have the pull on you that it might if you were a regular Joe but let me tell you somethin’ Doll, Pal, whatever you think you are. I jus bet the hardboiled writing would suck you in. Aaah, come along now. And fast. Go ahead. Read a bit of Hard Case Crime catalog – it’ll get under your skin. Don’t be a chump.

Check Terry Gross and Fresh Air interview for related audio.


Iris Dement: know her stuff, you should.

May 7, 2008

Had the chance to hear and see Iris Dement last weekend in historic Lexington MA. Wow, she is a rare talent: amazing song writer, truly unique voice and she has the potential to cross-over to a much larger “Indie” audience, beyond country. I was a bit surprised by the older skewed audience of few hundred at the performance. Yes, it was in a church in a burb but still it was an accessible location and I would have thought a wider audience would have been drawn in.

Listen. She has a strong pull toward the melancholy but there are some very bright songs and singing.

http://www.irisdement.com/mp3s.html

I actually “discovered” her as a soundtrack element of that TV show Northern Exporsure back in the mid 90’s. They had used a bit of what was here first “big” song “Our Town”. One of the amazing things about that song is that she elevated beyond cliche down into a familiar place that really hits the heart…


Love The Good-n-Plenty Commercial – It Rocks !

May 4, 2008

Hey, do you remember this? I have listened to it so much over the last few years, on shuffle, that I have basically had it implanted in my false audio memory…. Strangely, I like this commercial more than I ever liked the confection.